Gully Boy is on fire at any theatre in India. Officially released on 14th February, the movie has made its mark and left an impression on all those watching it. The musical-drama film takes inspiration from the lives of street rappers Divine and Naezy and is written by Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti and directed by the former too. The film stars Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, and features Kalki Koechlin, Vijay Raaz and Siddhant Chaturvedi in supporting roles.
The film speaks about the struggles and reams of the not so financially fortunate and the disparity between the economical groups. The film was based on the life of ‘Murad’ who lived in cramped space in the Dharavi slums.
Dharavi is a locality in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India and is considered one of the most densely populated slums in Asia with a population of around 7, 00,000.
It was founded during the British Colonial area and grew due to migration of the poor rural Indians into what was then urban Bombay and factory expulsion. As a result of the influx of people, the slum is diverse, multi-religious and multi-cultural.
The people of Dharavi specialize in making leather, textiles and pottery products inside the slum, getting a total turnover of approximately US$1 Billion.
Due to issues such as sanitization, over crowdedness, and unhygienic conditions, Dharavi has been victim to many epidemics, plagues and disasters which have killed a lot of people in Mumbai. Still, the slum seems to be as populated as ever, with new people coming in almost every day.
Even though the government of India has several times planned to improve the living conditions of the slum or at least the sanitation, it hasn’t happened so far and is believed to be a scam.
Ironically, the slum Dharavi is barely some distance away from the Bandra Kurla Complex or BKC as it is known, which is India’s richest business district, and one of the richest in Asia.